Bear Leadership Experience Summer Program

Summer Start LogoFall 2019 UCA Residential College and Commuter College students are invited to get a jump start on campus leadership (and you get to move in to your room early!) by applying to the Bear Leadership Experience. Program dates: 11-16 August 2019 (9am-4pm):

REGISTER HERE (Available March 1st)

What will the Bear Leadership Experience provide?  You will:HLI Logo

  • Move on-campus and into your Residential College a week early!
  • Develop your college-level leadership skills with the guidance of the Hughes Leadership Institute (HLI)
  • Learn how to start college successfully (it’s harder than you might think!)
  • Meet other students and establish relationships with your mentors and faculty-in-residence
  • Familiarize yourself with critical campus resources
  • Learn how to turn your natural talents into academic and personal strengths
  • Participate in our summer reading seminar
  • Finally, if a commuter you’ll connect with UCA in ways many off-campus students find difficult

All participants are expected to attend all sessions of the program throughout the week.

When should you apply?

The Bear Leadership Experience is open only to new students (freshman and transfer) who are participating in UCA’s Residential College or Commuter College programs. On-line applications are available here. The costs will be small and the reward will be tremendous.


Non-residential: Bear Leadership Experience fee/lunch daily (program runs from 9am – 4pm Monday-Friday):  $ 150

Residential: Bear Leadership Experience fee/daily meal plan (breakfast/lunch/dinner)/campus housing: $ 325

Have look at the schedule!

Haven’t applied for your Residential College yet?

These extremely popular living and learning communities fill fast so apply today. Click here to find out how!


Payment can be made online immediately after completing your registration (REGISTER HERE) or by following these directions:

Access your MyUCA account
Click the “CashNET” tab
Click “Make Payment/ Add-on charges”
Select the appropriate Summer Start Leadership with Housing or Summer Start Leadership (if accepted into our Minton Commuter College) *
*If you wish to live off campus for the duration of the program, please ensure you select the Summer Start Leadership.

Questions on payment? Contact the UCA Office of Student Accounts at 501-450-5015.